EU Court of Justice: five judges and an advocate-general appointed

The representatives of the governments of the member states appointed on 19.2.2021 four judges and an advocate-general to the Court of Justice and a judge to the General Court.

Court of Justice

The nominations are part of the partial renewal of the composition of the Court of Justice, since the terms of office of 14 judges and 6 advocates‑general will expire on 6 October 2021. 

Mr Miroslav Gavalec (Slovakia) and Ms Octavia Spineanu-Matei (Romania) have been appointed judges to the Court of Justice for a first term of office.

The terms of office of Mr Niilo Jääskinen (Finland) and Mr Lars Bay Larsen (Denmark) as judges of the Court of Justice have been renewed.

The term of office of Ms Juliane Kokott (Germany) as advocate-general of the Court of Justice has been renewed.

The four judges and the advocate-general of the Court of Justice have been appointed for a term of office starting on 7 October 2021 and expiring on 6 October 2027.

The appointing decision will enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

General Court

Mr David Petrlík (Czechia) has been appointed judge to the General Court as a replacement for Mr Jan Passer, who was appointed as judge of the Court of Justice, for the remainder of his term of office, which runs until 31 August 2025.

The appointing decision will enter into force on the day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Background

The Court of Justice of the European Union consists of two courts: the Court of Justice and the General Court.

The judges and advocates-general are appointed by common accord of the governments of the member states after consultation of a panel responsible for giving an opinion on prospective candidates' suitability to perform the duties concerned. They are chosen from among individuals whose independence is beyond doubt. For appointment to the Court of Justice, candidates must possess the qualifications required for appointment, in their respective countries, to the highest judicial offices, or be jurisconsults of recognised competence. For appointment to the General Court, they must possess the ability required for appointment to high judicial office. (consilium.europa.eu)

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